Quebec union reaches deal with province over educator staff salaries

Negotiations continue towards a new collective agreement for Nunavik school workers

Kuujjuaq teachers and support workers participate in a region-wide school strike on April 28. (File photo by Isabelle Dubois)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Quebec union that represents Nunavik teachers and school support staff has reached a deal in principle with the provincial government on salaries and pensions.

The Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) represents some 125,000 workers, including teachers and school staff under the Association of Employees of Northern Quebec, who have been without a contract since March 2020.

A new agreement, announced Wednesday, concerns salaries, pensions and regional disparities, the CSQ said in a French-language news release.

The government has agreed to increase salaries by six per cent over three years, a proposal that will be submitted to union members by the end of September.

While the union called the agreement “significant,” negotiations are ongoing towards a new collective agreement for staff at Kativik Ilisarniliriniq.

“The proposal also provides for continued negotiations with regard to the specificity of the issues affecting [Kativik’s] negotiation table,” states the release.

Salary negotiations have been happening between the government and CSQ, while the Association of Employees of Northern Quebec is focused on more local issues for Nunavik staff, like regional disparities and benefits.

CSQ would not provide any further comment on the negotiations.

Teachers and support staff voted in favour of a strike in February, which led to a single strike day in Nunavik schools in April.

Over the last year of negotiations, the union has asked for new measures to attract and retain staff in Nunavik schools, as well as to close the disparity in benefits offered to out-of-region staff compared to local residents, who are most often Inuit.

Specifically, the union has asked for rent subsidies for all of its workers, as well as a paid travel and food cargo allowances for those employees — benefits currently only offered to out-of-region hires.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Slow Bargaining on

    Wow, working without a contract since March, 2020.
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    OK Nunatsiaq, now do one about the 3,700 GN workers whose CBA expired September, 2018. Coming up on 3 years with no end in sight.

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  2. Posted by peter on

    All school board staff have cargo benefits, 720 kg for adults, 350 for dependents, housing is provided for southern staff it is taxable, rent is also paid on top, third flight is taxable for southern staff, just clearing things up. We all can ask for more, it is all taxable so people need to understand that.

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